Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of six profiles of nominees for the 2012 Student Employee of the Year award that will be presented at the Annual Student Employment Awards Luncheon April 16.
Carol Sackett, circulation supervisor in Lightner Library, says “it is sometimes difficult to find a student that represents the higher goals that place them in the status of the Student Employee of the Year category.”
However, she says senior Charlie Clark fulfills these goals with “grace and style,” and Sackett is confident in her nomination of the Cheektowaga resident for the award.
Clark, a unified childhood/special education major, has worked as a student circulation desk and lab assistant for two years and has “always been one of the backbones of our student workers in the library,” said Sackett. “She is cheerful and continuously inspires other workers to do their best. She possesses superior leadership skills and has been a wonderful mentor to all workers.”Sackett says Clark helps train new student employees and this is a “wonderful” help when school first begins each year.
“Charlie takes the initiative to follow through to complete all projects in which she is involved, and inspires others to follow suit,” said Sackett. “She is highly motivated, excels academically, and her work ethic and dedication to the task at hand are to be commended.”
According to Sackett, Clark has made friends with some of the D.R.I.V.E. students and they specifically look for her when they come in. Other students also benefit from her knowledge.
“I have observed her as she directs patrons throughout the library to various areas or helps them locate reference materials for their projects,” said Sackett. “She is organized, thorough in her assistance, and always looks for more to do. She works well independently or blends into a specific group as needed. Her personality lends itself to working with the general public and she has done an outstanding job for me.”
Among Clark’s other duties: organizing files, shelving books and completing other assigned jobs “happily and with a sense of pride that many others lack,” said Sackett. “Her personality always shines through, regardless of what she is asked to do. She has mastered all of the job skills we require and looks for additional tasks to complete. She is also proficient with operating the computers in the library labs and consistently assists students in their quest to complete projects.”
In addition, Sackett says Clark has been on the Dean’s List “a number of semesters. She is involved with student teaching this semester, but continues to work one night a week and weekends in the library.”
Clark’s co-curricular activities include serving as Class of 2012 vice president, an Academic Success at Keuka (ASK) tutor, a Youth Connection Club Senate Representative, new student mentor, D.R.I.V.E. mentor, and Chi Beta Phi Honor Society member. She has also been a member of the President’s Leadership Circle, and she performed with the Dance Team and the Drama Club.